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red root

Recognized by showy round puffy clusters of white flowers. Pointy oval leaves make tea used as substitute for imported tea with no caffeine, as well as for stomach, lung, blood cleaner, laxative. Root is astringent, expectorant, used for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, spleen, dysentery, hemorrhoids. Strong astringent (stops bleeding) bark tea used externally for venereal sores. Nitrogen fixer. Flowers rich in saponins to make lathering shampoo and soap (won’t remove oils though). Wet flowers can be simply rubbed on body.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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Black soil prairie: Average soil amino sugar N concentration beneath leguminous leadplant shrubs at Prospect Cemetery was greater than in adjacent soils 2 m distant from its canopies as well as the New Jersey tea soil average.
At this location, New Jersey tea shrubs were small (< 1m height) and did not accrete greater concentrations of soil amino sugar N than adjacent soils not influenced by N-fixing plants (Table 2).
Thus, similarly to New Jersey tea growing on a coarse sand at Illinois Beach State Park, dry soil conditions might have limited photosynthesis and consequent N fixation and deposition in soil.
As the Scouts and volunteers planted yarrow, asparagus, chives, wild blue indigo, raspberry, daffodils, sorrel, coneflower, brazelberry, honeyberry, purple passion, New Jersey tea, strawberries and bee balm, Trendler and volunteer Dennis Corbin of Naperville taught them about the benefits of edible gardening.

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